Helping patients return home sooner
A new clinical trial has shown that specialised pre-operative assessments for elderly patients lead to shorter hospital stays and fewer complications. The research was carried out by researchers from Guy's and St Thomas' and King’s College London.
The study, published in the British Journal of Surgery, found that having the assessments shortened older patients’ average hospital stay by more than two days and reduced the rate of some complications, such as delirium (sudden confusion) and heart problems, by more than 50%, compared with standard assessments.
Dr Judith Partridge, lead author of the study from the Department of Ageing and Health at Guy's and St Thomas', said: “We think the findings from our study, taken in the context of other research and quality improvement projects, are likely to be transferable to other types of operations, including cancer surgery.”